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July 18, 2013

Andover National's run ends in District 14 championship

Andover National's run ends in District 14 Championship

Joe Biddle notched two hits and Patrick Dennehy scored twice, but Andover National lost to North Andover East 5-2 in the third and deciding game of the District 14 Championship last Friday, July 12. North Andover won the series 2-1.

“That’s a tough game and a tough series,” North Andover coach Rob Carpentier said. “Andover played very hard.”

Steve Shaw also had two hits for Andover, while Chris Rassias, Andrew Theriault and John Gemmell each added a hit for National.

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Steve Shaw was the hero of the day, belting a three-run homer in the fourth inning that gave Andover National a 12-9 victory in Game 2 of the District 14 Championship last Thursday, July 11, tying the best-of-three series at 1-1.

“I give them a lot of credit for bouncing back after (Game 1),” Andover coach Brian Theriault said. “We’re a good hitting team. The kids hit well and played sound defense.”

Andover led by as much as 9-1 before North Andover mounded a comeback to cut the advantage to 9-6. But Shaw’s blast put National back in control, and they would take home the victory.

Andrew Theriault added to the attack with two hits, including a two-run homer, and John Gemmell added two hits over his own including a three-run blast. Alec Haffner added a hit and played stellar third base and Nick Christopher had a key double for Andover.

Shaw also came on to pitch three key innings (4th through 6th) to earn the victory and Theriault closed out the game to earn the save.

“(Andover) came out swinging the bats and obviously a bunch of home runs left the park,” North Andover coach Rob Carpentier.

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Joe Biddle homered in the second inning, but Andover fell to North Andover 5-1 in the District 14 Championship Game 1 last Wednesday, July 10. Patrick Dennehy, Conner Peters and Collin Kirkpatrick each added a hit for National.

— Dave Willis, staff writer

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